One of things that has Bears HC Matt Nagy so jazzed about first-round QB Justin Fields is his arm strength to throw the deep ball. That was on display in OTAs with a 50-yard bomb to WR Damiere Byrd, perhaps a preview of things to come in the fall.
“(Fields) has that mentality of rip your heart out,” Nagy said via the Athletic’s Adam Jahns. “And so there were a couple of plays in there — and not just (Wednesday) but other days — where these quarterbacks are staying aggressive. And you got to see a taste of that today with Justin, and he made the nice throw to Damiere down the sideline. And that ball just took off.”
Lions’ OC Anthony Lynn expects competition between the team’s wide receivers as there are several hungry players looking to earn a spot in Detroit.
“I think we definitely have a lot of hungry young men in that group because they see opportunity,” Lynn said, via Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com. “There’s really no established guy that’s in that room. I’ve had Tyrell Williams in the past, so I’m very familiar with him and what he can do. He was hurt last season, but he’s back healthy, he’s looking really good. Breshad Perriman is looking really good. I like the competition that’s going on in that group right now. We have some pretty good pieces.”
Lions’ WR Tyrell Williams knows the team has a good group of receivers and is excited about what they can do in 2021.
“I feel like I am established in this league,” Williams said. “It’s my seventh year and I’ve had good years. BP (Perriman) has been around for the same amount of time and has played really well when he’s gotten his opportunities. Kalif has been in the league and played in the playoffs. I really like our group. I really like the receiving corps. It’s a really close group and we all work hard and push each other and we’ve got some good rookies that have come in. Everyone has a really good opportunity because it is open and everyone is trying to prove themselves.”
Lions’ HC Dan Campbell says that the team is still figuring out how each receiver can be used but adds that the staff is impressed with how the receivers have performed so far in camp.
“I’ll tell you this, there are guys out there that we’ve been impressed with,” Campbell said. “We all have been as a staff just over these last two weeks, really. It’s a group that’s competing every day. What does that mean? Right now, it means that they’re getting better. We’re trying to identify the guys we can depend on. Out of the guys we can depend on, ‘How can we use them? What do they do best and how do we use that skillset?'”
Packers HC Matt LaFleur said they did not have any limitations on the playbook for QB Jordan Love in this week’s practice.
“No, we installed our offense and kind of threw everything at him,” LaFleur said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.
LaFleur mentioned they want to get Love “multiple looks” this offseason in order to determine “what he does best.”
“He’s a guy who hasn’t had the experience as some others,” LaFleur said. “We’ve got to get him multiple looks at many different plays and really find out what he does best and what our team does because every year things change in the National Football League.”
LaFleur explained that they want to see how much Love can handle and believes he’s done a “great job” so far this offseason.
“Just trying to get a feel for how much he can really handle, and I think he’s done a great job of being intentional about his work, how he goes out to practice every day, and I think it’s paying off for him. I think he’s made some progress.”
Love said that he wants to show more command of the Packers’ offense and “take a leadership role” while Aaron Rodgers is away.
“That’s a part of my game that I’m trying to improve as well, just being able to take charge of this offense and be able to command these guys and take a leadership role,” Love said. “Last year, obviously I wasn’t in that role. That was Aaron’s voice being heard and whatnot. Now I’ve just got to be able to take that next step and take command of it and lead these guys.”